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Pablo Bose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. York University (2006)
  • C.V.
  • Office Hours Fall 2016: Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-4:00 or by appointment
Area of expertise

Culture, space and power, transnationalism and diaspora, urban andcultural geography, political economy and ecology, India and South Asia.

Contact Information
University of Vermont
Department of Geography
209 Old Mill Building
94 University Place
Burlington, VT 05405-0114
Telephone Number: (802) 656-5717


My ongoing interest is in interdisciplinary teaching and research on issues of culture, space and power.I am in particular fascinated by the ways in which people and landscapes transform each other. The primary focus of my work over the past decade has been on migration, transnationalism, diasporas, and diverse environments. This has afforded me the opportunity to explore a range of different topics, regions, and time frames through the course of my investigations. Some of my earlier work focused on environmental advocacy and grassroots social justice struggles against dams and logging in both India and Canada and I continue to be inspired by activist struggles and the strength and challenge of resistance movements across the globe. I am also part of an ongoing multi-site, multi-year study of economic as well as other forms of development and population displacement which has resulted in several publications including the co-authored Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press, 2011). My current research is focused on a number of different areas including:

  • Refugee resettlement in non-traditional destinations. I have an ongoing series of projects that draw on surveys and interviews to examine the impact on both receiving locations and migrant communities of their resettlement in places like Chittenden County, Vermont. These include DOT-funded projects on transportation equity and on gender and mobility, and UVM-funded research on the politics of resettlement. I am also currently undertaking projects on racial politics and refugees in the US and on social connectedness and civic engagement in Vermont.
  • Food and migration. I am especially interested in the food practices of migrants, what they carry with them, what they attempt to recreate in new settings, and how they are transformed by the food culture of new settings. I am also interested in alternative food practices and spaces as well as experiments in small-scale urban agriculture such as the New Farms for New Americans project of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont.
  • Environmental displacement. Drawing on my earlier research on development-induced displacement, this more recent work focuses on the effects of a changing environment on populations and forced migration flows. My own interest has been the effect not only of climate change but perhaps more importantly the discourse of adaptation and mitigation efforts and how these have themselves often pre-emptively displaced and disenfranchised some of the most vulnerable populations, including indigenous communities in the Arctic and char dwellers in Bangladesh. I am also keenly interested in the displacements caused by conservation efforts and by eco-tourism as well as in the intensification of the resource extraction industry and its local impacts in places from Appalachia to the Alberta Tar Sands to the Gulf Coast.
  • Kolkata and Globalization. One of my key areas of research is contemporary India and especially the megacity of Kolkata. I have for over a decade been studying the effects of neoliberal urban development, diasporic involvements, and environmental struggles in the city, especially in peri-urban regions and the wetlands areas to the east. I am especially interested in the rise of what some have called a form of ‘bourgeois environmentalism’ in Indian cities such as Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Technology, education and representation. Cultural studies and popular culture in particular have long been fascinations of mine and I have explored this especially in the realms of the virtual, including video games, environmental media, and online education. I have most recently studied the idea of bio-power in digital media such as Bio-Shock and Spore and am conducting a project analyzing Roma identities in Assassin’s Creed.

For more on my various projects please see my research blog at


GEOG 060 – Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the US<
GEOG 095 – TAP: The Immigrant Experience
GEOG 151 – Geography of India
GEOG 154 – Geography of Development
GEOG 272 – Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism
GEOG 273 – Seeing Green – The Cultural Politics of Consuming Nature

I have had the opportunity to work with several students on a range of theses during my time at UVM. The following are a selection of projects I have supervised in recent years:

Oakley Clark (Geography, 2013) The Geopolitics of the Global Refugee Regime: A Critique of Refugee Status Conventions and Protocols

Holidae Filkins (Geography, 2013) The Role of Farmer’s Markets in Communities and Their Impacts on Food Systems

Mia Payraudeau (Geography, 2013) Greenmaggedon: Salvation Through Green Consumption

Anya Gedrath-Smith (ENVS, 2012) Time for Tea: Sustainable Tea Tourism in Nepal

Kathleen Hartin (ENVS, 2012) The Social Implications of Conservation-Induced Displacement for the Masaii Residents of Engare Sero, Northern Tanzania

Tyler Wilkinson-Ray (Global Studies, 2012) Growing Food Justice: Two Cases in Burlington, VT

Maria White (Global Studies, 2012) Burlington, VT, the FairTrade Towns Campaign and the Fair Trade Movement

Kathryn Grenoble (Political Science, 2011) An Exploration of Governance and Health Care in the Face of the HIV and AIDS Crisis in Botswana

Selected publications
Bose, Pablo S (forthcoming) “Bourgeois Environmentalism, Leftist Development, and Neoliberal Urbanism in the City of Joy” Tony Samara (ed), Right to the City in the Global South: Transnational Urban Governance and Socio-Spatial Transformations, Routledge.
Rutherford, Stephanie, and Pablo S. Bose (forthcoming) “Biopower and Play: Bodies, Spaces and Nature in Digital Games” Aether: The Journal of Media Geography
Bose, Pablo S. 2012. “Kolkata, Transnationalism and the Diasporic Imaginary” Ajaya Sahoo (ed) Indian Transnationalism, 75-97. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.
Bose, Pablo S. 2012. “Mapping Movements: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Migration Research” Carlos Vargaz-Silva (ed) Handbook of Research Methods in Migration, 273-294. Oxford: Edward Elgar Publishers.
Penz, Peter G., Jay Drydyk and Pablo S. Bose. 2011. Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bose, Pablo S. 2008. “Home and Away: Diasporas, Developments and Displacements in a Globalizing World” Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 29, Issue 1, 2008: 111-131.
Bose, Pablo S. 2008. “The Politics of Transnational Ties: A Response to Nikita Sud”, St. Antony’s International Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2008: 66-73.
Bose, Pablo S. 2007. “Dreaming of Diasporas: Urban Developments and Transnational Identities in Contemporary Kolkata” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies No. 17, Spring 2007: 111-130.
Vandergeest, Peter, Pablo Idahosa and Pablo S. Bose (eds.) 2006. Development’s Displacements: Ecologies, Economies and Cultures at Risk. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Beck, Anthony, Pablo S. Bose and Barrie Morrison (eds.) 1999. The Cooperative Management of Water Resources in South Asia. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Ph.D., 2006, Environmental Studies, York University
M.A., 2000, Communications, Simon Fraser University
P.B.D., 1997, Communications, Simon Fraser University
B.A., 1995, English (Honors), University of British Columbia